I’m stoked to be participating in the ‘If I were a Mobster Blogfest’, created by fellow blogger, and author Chrys Fey. I had so much fun trying to build my ‘profile’.🙂



Mobster Name: Notorious E.V.A., or Speedy to my closest associates and inner circle.

Rank: I’m the Boss. A stroke left me partly unable to work the streets that often, but I have a loyal second in command and lieutenants that handle most of that for me.

Crime Zone: Upstate New York

My look: Simple. I wear mostly black, though I do have a strategically placed eyeliner beauty mark on my right cheek. Oh, and all day coverage blood-red lipstick. Have to have the lipstick.

Weapon of Choice: My diamond encrusted walking cane. I’ve downed more than one opponent by striking the back of their knees with this baby. I let my boys handle the rest.

Catchphrase: Handle it, boys.

Mobster Vehicle: Toyota Rav-4. Hey, I don’t like to stand out that much, ok?

How to get on my good side: Bring me scores of chocolates and cheeses and we’ll talk.

What I’m known for: Sending flowers to the hospital after having to teach someone a lesson.



Blake Herro is a cop in the Cleveland Police Force. Ever since he was a child he wanted to do right by the city he loved by cleaning up the streets and protecting its citizens. Red, a notorious mobster, has other plans.

On a bitter December night, ten police officers are drawn into a trap and killed by Red’s followers. Blake wants to bring down the Mob to avenge his fallen brothers and to prevent other cops from being murdered. Except the only way he can do that is by infiltrating the Mob.

Every minute he’s with these mobsters he’s in danger. Around every corner lies the threat of coming face to face with a gun. Will he make it out of the Mob alive or will he be their next victim?



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To celebrate, 30 Seconds, the follow up story, is on sale for 99 cents!


Sale Oct. 21st – Nov. 4th



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chrys-feyChrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series (Hurricane Crimes and Seismic Crimes), as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. / Blog / Facebook / Twitter







Hello, all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

IWSG-badgeIt’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

PurposeTo share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.

The awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!

October is going to be an exciting month for me. My close friend Vivian and I are going to try our hand at scriptwriting a scene for a short film. Not only are we going to write it, but we’ll also be acting in the scene. We’ll be given credit as writers AND actors! Yeah, no pressure…

I won’t divulge the name of the film yet because I want to see how well this works out. I’m crossing my fingers that the producer will accept our scene when it’s done. Stay tuned for more info as the deadline approaches.🙂

October 5 Question: When do you know your story is ready?

Unfortunately, I don’t. That’s why I have so many stories that are still in draft and editing stages. It’s something I definitely have to work on. 

Are you trying anything new or outside your comfort zone? How do you know when your story is ready?






Good morning, everyone. I have a special guest visiting me today, and I’m thrilled to be a part of  the blog tour promoting her new sci-fi romance novella, Mission to New Earth. Diane Burton and I met via the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, and she graciously allowed herself to be my guinea pig…uh, I mean guest for my first author interview. We both came out relatively unscathed by the experience. I could get used to this.

In addition to the interview, I’ve included an excerpt from the book, and there’s even a Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post.










Would you go on a one-way trip to explore a new planet? Would you do it to save humankind?

Earth’s overpopulation and dwindling resources force the United Earth Space Agency to expedite exploration of new planets for a possible new home. When new crises ensue—a giant tsunami and the threat of nuclear winter—the timeline changes. Eight years of training crammed into four. Sara Grenard and her team prepare for launch, but are they ready for the one-way trip? Will the Goldilocks planet prove just right for Earth’s inhabitants? Before time runs out.


Marsh strode toward me with determination—so different from that easy-going swagger that caught my eye the first time I saw him four years ago at the White Sands Training Center. I never believed in love at first sight, but oh, mama. With dark-haired, dark-eyed Marsh, I fell hard. I must’ve done a great job hiding my feelings back then. He said he never knew—until a year later I pinned him on the exercise mat and kissed him. Yep, I took the initiative and planted a toe-curling smooch on his delectable lips. Not to be outdone, he kissed back. Holy smoke. If I’d known what a great kisser he was, I’d have done it sooner. He said he’d been biding his time, waiting for me to catch up. According to him, one look into my “gorgeous blue eyes” and he was a goner, too.

“We need to talk,” he said as he blasted past me toward our quarters.

What? I looked around. Where was the rest of my team? Marsh took an impatient whack at the mistletoe ball hung from a garland. Oh, boy. What had gotten into him?

Bill and Tom trailed behind Marsh with Gloria and Ana bringing up the rear. Like me, they wore forest green jumpsuits, and they did not look pleased. Glum was a better word.

The last simulation wasn’t that bad. A couple of glitches with last-minute corrections. Maybe a reminder to one person or another. I thought we did well. Glitches happened. No need for concern. Or was there? What didn’t I know?

Bill hung back and waited for me to catch up. “He’s right. We need to talk without Big Brother listening.”

The last he delivered in a whisper with a wink and a nudge. Since we were close in height, he didn’t have to bend down, just leaned his ginger head next to my dark one. Loved that term ginger for hair color. Doctor Who always wanted ginger hair. Bill often reminded me of the classic sci-fi show from the late 20th century.

I tried not to smile at his reference to George Orwell’s 1984, required reading in my elementary school. Considering all the cameras located throughout the station, Big Brother was an appropriate appellation.

“I assume Marsh has a place in mind?” I matched my stride to Bill’s, the most easy-going of our team. Bill was a guy’s guy. Best friend to everyone.

“Yeah, he does.”

Good thing. We couldn’t just take a walk outside, unless we could breathe methane. Titan was a trifle inhospitable. In preparation for our mission, the United Earth Space Agency established Saturn’s largest moon as our launch platform. Connected habitats, added before we arrived, evolved into crew quarters, conference and training rooms, and general meeting areas. We weren’t absolutely sure, but we thought our quarters were monitored—something I’d queried but received no definitive response. None of us were happy about that. But then in four days, we’d be on camera all the time. That was the second worst thing I feared about our voyage.

As we followed, Marsh strode across the corridor to the left. The only private place down there was a lavatory. Not my favorite destination for a team meeting. But beggars couldn’t be choosers, as my mom used to say.

“We screwed up again,” Marsh announced as soon as the five of us joined him. His voice echoed off the hard surfaces. “In RT, it could kill us.”

“You and your damn RT,” Tom spat out. “Why can’t you just say real-time like a normal person?”


Without further ado, onto the interview!

Eva: So, Diane, tell us about you.Where do you live? Where would you love to live?

Diane: I live on the west coast of Michigan, fifteen minutes from Lake Michigan. We moved here three years ago to be closer to our daughter and her family. After moving around the Midwest for Hubs’ job this was the best move we ever made. Love the time with the grandkiddies. This is exactly where I want to live. Except . . . (see next question)

Eva: I’m curious about your family. Married? Kids? Pets?

Diane: I met my husband 44 years ago on a blind date. We have 2 children. Our daughter lives nearby with her husband and 2 children. Our son lives in Phoenix with his wife and toddler girl. We’re looking forward to spending time with them this winter. Now I just have to convince Hubs we need to spend most of the winter in Arizona.

Eva: What does your family think of your writing?

Diane: They’re very supportive. Hubs fixes dinner and does laundry when I’m buried. My adult children tell my how proud they are, and my grandkids think it’s pretty cool that their Nana writes books, even though they know they can’t read them until they’re older. They like to tell stories, too, so we write them and print them out, which they say is even better.

Now About Writing

Eva: What is the best thing you’ve learned about writing and/or the publishing business?

Diane: How helpful, generous, and supportive other writers are. An example of this is Insecure Writers Support Group, which is how I met you, Eva. I also belong to other writer groups who are supportive as well. I’ve also learned you have to be flexible. This industry changes quickly. You either adapt or stagnate.

Eva: What was your road to publication like? Smooth sailing or rocky cruise?

Diane: Definitely not smooth sailing. I wrote for ten years before my book was accepted by a small niche publisher. Another ten years passed (life intrusions) before I tried self-publication. In the 5 years since I’ve had one book pubbed by a small press and self-pubbed 9 more. I’m very happy self-pubbing. I hire a freelance editor and a cover artist. Although I’m a DIY girl from way back, those two jobs are best left to the professionals.

Eva: What is your favorite genre to read? Is it what you write?

Diane: I read so much. Love romantic suspense, sci-fi romance, cozy mysteries, Young Adult, military/action-adventure. All of that except military, but my books all contain action/adventure. I have a YA finished but not ready for publication. Someday…

Eva: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Diane: The ideas come from anywhere: newspaper, magazines, thin air. The information is another story. I love the internet. Saves so much time traveling to the library, etc. I’m careful about what I find, though, and make sure that I have several sources. The worst part is falling down the Black Hole (a term I didn’t make up) of research. That’s when you see those links in the sidebar and follow them. Then see more and follow them. Great that I find out so much. Bad that I’m not writing.

Just for Fun 🙂

Eva: What was one of the best Christmas presents you ever received?

Diane: My 2nd best gift was a Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was 10. It led to a lifelong hobby of photography. My absolute best Christmas presents were my children. My daughter was born 2 weeks before Christmas, son was born 2 weeks after Christmas, a year apart.

Eva: Name your favorite children’s story.

Diane: Anne of Green Gables. But I have another one I’d like to share. My grandmother gave my sister and me a set of books called My Book House. Each volume had stories appropriate to an age group or grade. The 1st book was nursery rhymes, 2nd short kiddie stories, 3rd fairy tales, etc. The 1st book was well used, pages are torn and falling out. The 12th book looks brand new. Although I’m the oldest of 7, none of the others read the books. They’re now mine, and I share them with my grandkids.

Eva: What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without?

Diane: I can’t think of anything I couldn’t live without. If I had to, I’d adapt. But I think flush toilets would top my list of what I don’t ever want to live without.

Eva: What are your three favorite smells?

Diane: A baby, almond flavoring, bacon.

Eva: Nice. I love the smell of babies, too. What music do you listen to? And do you listen to it while you write?

Diane: Soft rock or Golden Oldies, but never while I write. The lyrics play in my head, and I can’t concentrate. Sometimes I’ll listen to classical music (no words) or Andrea Bocelli’s songs in Italian.

Eva: Can you tell us a little about your latest work?

Diane:  Of course. Mission to New Earth is about a group of astronauts preparing to explore a planet in the “Goldilocks” zone where the conditions are just right for humans. The story is told by the commander of the mission, Sara Grenard.

You can find it at any of the links below.

Amazon ~ Kobo ~ iTunes ~ ARe ~ Smashwords ~ Barnes & Noble

Eva: Thank you for joining me today and making my first ever author interview easy and painless.

Diane: It’s been my pleasure, and thank you for having me.



Enter for a chance to win a copy of MISSION TO NEW EARTH.

Here’s the Rafflecopter link:


About the Author

diane-burtonDiane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to two anthologies How I Met My Husband and Portals: A Gateway to Science Fiction Romance Vol. 2. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

Connect with Diane Burton online

Blog:  http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/dmburton72

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/dianeburtonauthor

Goodreads: Diane Burton Author

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dmburton72/

Sign up for Diane’s new release alert: http://eepurl.com/bdHtYf

So, how do you think my first interview went? Planning on reading the book or entering the giveaway?



Hello, all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means:

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Click the Image to Join!

It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

My hero, the amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh founded this group and it has become a safe haven if you are an insecure writer.

Click the image if you would like to be a part of the #IWSG family. You won’t regret it.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.


Our awesome co-hosts today are C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!

Please take a moment to thank them for their hard work.


September’s question of the month – How do you find the time to write in your busy day?


My days are ‘busier’ in the sense that I’m far slower in doing tasks than I was before 2011. I do find time in my routine to write. I recently discovered an app for my iPhone called Werdsmith, and I love it. I use it to jot ideas, notes, and sometimes even paragraphs when I’m in a car, or in bed and too lazy to power up the computer (or pull out a pen and paper). 

I still manage to write (type) before bed, even if it’s for twenty minutes/half-hour. 

I also opened a free account with CELTX, a scriptwriting program that I’m trying to familiarize myself with. It looks straightforward. There’s an app for that, too – and it can also be upgraded to a paid account. The free is good for beginners like me. 

I’d do well with Scrivener if I could ever get through the tutorial without becoming completely flustered. (It’s the brain). *Sigh* I’ve had it since I won NaNo in 2013 and still haven’t been able to enjoy it. 

Have you wanted to learn something so badly, but seemed to get stuck at every turn? How did you conquer said obstacle? 




Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the novel Bloodwalker written by fellow blogger Lexa Cain, aka L.X. Cain. It’s scheduled to be released on October 4, 2016 and I was lucky enough to get an ARC in exchange for an honest review. It is 284 pages (84,000 words) and will be available in mobi, epub and PDF formats.

BLOODWALKER is a dark thriller that blurs the border between science and the supernatural, like the novels of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Tess Gerritsen, and Jack Kilborn (JA Konrath). The novel’s setting spans three Eastern European countries and has an international cast, including an original arcane society called the Skomori Bloodwalkers.


Bloodwalker LX CainTITLE: BLOODWALKER (Dark Thriller/Mystery)


PUBLISHER: Freedom Fox Press (Dancing Lemur Press LLC)


RELEASE DATE: Oct 4, 2016

RATING:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥



When Zorka Circus performs, its big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, there are fewer children in the European towns it leaves behind.

Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer is hiding among the international performers, but they close ranks—they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. Nevertheless, he’s determined to find the culprit and stop them before anyone else dies and the only place he can call home is ripped apart by the murders.
Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravediggers and ghoulish bloodwalkers. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict rules, break the truce, and leave her an outcast.
When more bodies turn up, the killer’s trail becomes impossible to ignore. Rurik and Sylvie must follow the clues—even if they lead to something unimaginable.


Rurik is the Security Chief for the Zorka Circus (Zorka Cyrka). He is observing the area not far from an abandoned railroad when he hears several children singing and heading into the railroad. He follows them, knowing they might be in danger. There has been a problem with missing children from several different countries, and always after the Zorka Cyrka leaves town.

It is the final night of the Circus’s performance in Budapest, and Rurik knows that a child will likely go missing and he suspects that someone from the Circus is responsible for the disappearances. He manages to save a child that night, although he is unable to apprehend the culprit. He vows not to rest until justice is served.

Sylvie is a Bloodwalker from the Skomori clan. They ‘prepare’ the dead and have special abilities (foreseeing the future, etc.). She, along with a few other women from the Skomori clan are sent to Zorka Cyrka’s grounds for their arranged marriages. It is in one of the trailers that Sylvie comes across a horrific sight. It is also the first time she meets Rurik.

Shortly afterwards, Slyvie realizes the tragedy that is her ‘marriage’. She manages to flee, and eventually she meets up with Rurik again. Together they work towards finding the monster responsible for the disappearances of the children. What they find is astonishing.

This book pulled me in from the beginning pages. The characters were all well written and fleshed out. There were a lot of twists and turns where I found myself saying “Oh no, it’s definitely this person”. It wasn’t until near the end that I figured it out, and I didn’t even see it coming. It’s an intense read and I recommend it.



Author of the novel Bloodwalker (Thriller/Mystery from Freedom Fox Press, Oct. 2016), and upcoming novels, Coldest Night and Paris Under World. She is also the author of Soul Cutter.

Also author of short Horror stories “Biggun,” “The Mission,” and “The Inter-Galactic Gourmet” for sale on Smashwords.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30242428-bloodwalker

Lexa Cain:
SOUL CUTTER (Will be re-released soon with new cover!)
The Inter-Galactic Gourmet, The Mission, and Biggun on Smashwords: